Dedicated to arts education in museums and non-profits, I identify as a teaching artist who prioritizes under-served Baltimore City students. I have over 5 years of experience in research, outreach, curriculum building, content development, and organizational programming. From animation to zine-making, I have taught all age ranges from elementary school to the collegiate level. Partnering with entities such as Baltimore City Public Schools to the ACLU-MD, here are just a few of the projects that have stuck out in my years of arts education.
The Art of Stop-Motion Animation // UMBC Summer Enrichment Academy
These 2D animations were produced by middle and high school students of all levels. Through the course of a week, I led 14 young people towards the goal of a minute-long animation; The first year (Summer 2019, led by Stephen Bradley) using arts and crafts provided at UMBC and the second year (Summer 2020, assisted by Camille Olliverre) repurposing found objects virtually due to COVID-19.
1. Shell Invaders! (2020), Zoe
2. Ant (2019), Jamie
3. The Epic Fight (2019), Taylor
4. Untitled (2020), Moishe (portrait orientation, cut off)
5. Chase (2019), Celina
6. The Vibe Sneck Adventure(?) (2020), Georgia
7. Slime Yours (2020), Emma
THE SKIN WE'RE IN // Wide Angle Youth Media
This project was created during my first semester as a Lead Media Instructor for the Baltimore Speaks Out (BSO) middle school program at Wide Angle Youth Media, assisted by Emma Bergman; Spring 2018.
Students from local middle schools gathered at the Orleans branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library to learn graphic design and Black American history. They worked individually and in pairs to create a two-page spread, choosing topics that were personally important to them on the theme Why Black Lives Matter. Using their learned knowledge of history, research, and design, they created this 18 page zine. Through applying to Wide Angle's Innovation Fund (an internal grant for student-led projects), I was able to receive funding to print 200 copies of this zine. The Skin We're In was printed at 8.5" x 11" and currently resides online and at every Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore City and County as well as at our local radical bookstore Red Emma's.
Stop the Plastic Monster // WAYM + Towson University
This project was created during my simultaneous enrollment at Towson University (TU) and employment at Wide Angle Youth Media (WAYM), serving as a Co-Lead Media Instructor and liaison between the two; Spring 207.
Students from TU Assistant Professor Lynn Tomlinson's Animation Action Lab course and high school students from WAYM's Design and Video Teams met for a series of workshops to create a short animation on the environmental harms of plastic pollution. In addition to assisting students where needed, my involvement in these films include development of creative content, preparing cut out materials, video editing, and upkeep of release forms and student documentation.
ABCs not SUSPENSIONS // Wide Angle Youth Media
Upon learning that pre-k through 2nd grade students were receiving harsh punishment for petty offenses, WAYM's Design Time took it upon themselves to address the issue while I served as the Assistant Instructor, providing research material for students, teaching graphic design skills and navigation of Adobe inDesign; Fall 2017.
After research and information provided by the Maryland Coalition To Reform School Discipline, students created this door hanger to persuade legislators in Annapolis, Maryland to vote in favor of House Bill 425, prohibiting the suspension and/or expulsion of pre-k through 2nd graders. This was one of many times we’ve visited and/or supported change at the state level.
What's a Composite Score!? // Wide Angle Youth Media
Partnering with Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS), Wide Angle Youth Media's Design Team was tasked with creating a useful tool for middle school students to learn about composite scores; Fall 2017.
Composite scores are used to gauge a student's aptitude for high school entry. This double-sided, interactive card was created to both inform and engage students. Though an Assistant Instructor at WAYM, I took the lead on this project by providing students with the tools and information for research, meeting with BCPS staff, and overseeing design decisions.